New Years Eve in Nerja
As with much of Spain, a really good time to visit Nerja, is New Years Eve.
Due to the kinder climate, the event is held outside on the Balcon de Europa, which is a walkway constructed on a large natural cliff, with stunning views along the coast.
The band set up in the nearby square and the whole town come out, dressed up to the nines, and party the night away until dawn.
The atmosphere is incredibly friendly, with people bringing cold boxes with champagne and peach juice which is shared round happily.
Dressing up is a must, it is like a fashion parade, with everyone in evening dress, the ladies in particular, looking absolute stunning.
At midnight, you have to eat a large grape everytime the clock strikes (harder than you would imagine) - there are fireworks and you can buy a party bag very cheaply containing various party items including plastic noses, streamers etc
There is none of the slightly nervous aggressive feel of similar outside events in much of the UK (not Brighton though, I hasten to say). All ages are out dancing and singing from babies to Grandparents.
We left the party at around 4 am and it was still going strong. The gutters were knee deep in empty champage bottles, which somehow, ahd miraculously disappeared by morning (amazing!)
Highly recommended for a fabulous time and without the need to worry about baby-sitters!
Pie in the Sky. Deli. bar (Prol. Antonio Millon)
British Deli Bar.
Pie in the Sky is an unconventional bar in the fact that it is now a delicatessen first and a bar second.
Stocks of English bacon and sausages can be purchased here although a little pricy.
The Pie in the Sky used to be called "The Black Stuff" for those of you who have an old copy of Nerja Essential or have not been back for a while.
Draught Guinness and San Miguel are on draught.
This bar has just changed ownership November 2005.
This place is handy for dropping into when visiting the market on Tuesdays.
However there are moves afoot to relocate the Tuesday market to an area near El Zoco where the Sunday Car Boot has already gone to, which is right at the top (uphill) end of town (and then some) soon.
Drinks are good value for money but food, especially take home food for your fridge/freezer, is a bit over priced.
This is a deli bar and is kitted out as such.
From 11am 'til 7pm. Closed Sundays.
Level access with large toiets. Casual
Bar run by Scottish. (Avda Mediterraneo)
Irish or Scottish Bar?.
This extra large bar has recently opened on Avenida Mediterraneo. This used to be the old Miramar which was closed for years. It has had a total internal refit and is definately destined to do well.
Although this bar has an Irish sounding name, it is run by a couple from Glasgow!
As 'Slainte' is cheers in Irish and Scottish, 'both' would seem to be the best to say.
A little above the average.
So big that you will need to take your own company.
The theme does not seem to be carried through to the interior.
Lunchtimes and evenings.
Level access. Smart Casual.
More Chinese cuisine Dragon Inn style.
Another excellent Chinese restaurant is the Dragon Inn. Once again, all the usual things you expect to be on a Chinese menu are available.
This restaurant is a bit smaller than the Chinese House but none the worse for this. Food is well presented and very good.
Take away service is available here too.
Try it. You will not be dissapointed. Perfect ambience. All food is good, I would have to list the menu!
One step from the pavement then level inside.
REM radio. 104.8 fm
Yet another radio station transmitting in English is REM transmitting on 104.8 fm.
REM stands for Radio Europe Mediterraneo.
Now has the Emperor Rosko from Los Angeles on rem Saturdays at noon (Spains time. UK + 1 hour).